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Megan Bommarito serves as the Communications Coordinator. Her responsibilities include:

  • Managing the department website and all social media channels.
  • Develop and implement communications strategies, including creating and managing budgets for advertising and marketing and building/strengthening relationships with audiences.
  • Provide artistic direction on season materials, photography and marketing imagery.
  • Manage all department production and non-production collateral: advertising, marketing, publicity, web, social media, photography/videography, and playbills.
  • Serve as the Liaison with Texas Performing Arts patron services and ticketing offices.

Office: 1.144E

Phone: 512-232-5328

E-Mail: megan.bommarito@austin.utexas.edu


Cassie Gholston serves as the Operations and Communications Manager for the Department and her duties include:

  • This position is a senior manager who provides executive leadership to the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. Key functions include overseeing administrative operations and external/internal communications; supervision and mentorship of core administrative staff and communication staff; strategic planning and project management of departmental programs and initiatives; human resources and faculty advancement. 

Office: 1.144D

Phone: 512-232-5301

E-Mail: gholston@austin.utexas.edu


Andrea Grapko serves as the Graduate Coordinator. Her duties include:
  • Administers and coordinates the Graduate Programs in Dance, UT Live Design, Theater for Youth and Communities, Performance as Public Practice, and Directing and Playwriting.
  • Assists graduate students with registration, graduation, and general questions
  • Maintains graduate student records, files, and databases as well as tracks and compiles data related to graduate enrollment and programs.
  • Tracks TA/AI assignments and is responsible for issuing appointment letters.
  • Assists the Graduate Advisor with Grad ExComm meetings, deadlines, and fellowships
  • Serves as a liaison with the Graduate School and the College of Fine Arts.

E-Mail: andrea.grapko@austin.utexas.edu


Nathan Harper serves as the Assistant Operations Manager for the Department and his duties include:

  • Building security & access management, issuing and tracking keys, oversight of reservations in the Winship and Lab Theatre building outside of the class schedule, building management of Winship and the Lab Theatre.

Office: 1.142A (in 1.144)

Phone: 512-232-5313

E-Mail: nathan.harper@austin.utexas.edu


Tori Marshall serves as the Assistant to the Department chair and the ABT Summer Intensive Coordinator. Her responsibilities include:

  • Management of the Chair's calendar, travel, and other Chair-related administrative tasks
  • Management of office supply inventory, Ricoh Copiers and printing needs, Records Inventory and Management, as well as administrative back-up to the main office front desk.
  • As the ABT Intensive Coordinator, she oversees the operations of ABT Summer Intensive at UT-Austin
  • Serves as a liaison and manages agreements with ABT and various other university units.
  • Creates and manages the ABT/UT Budget
  • Recruits, hires, and manages the summer program staff.

Office: WIN 1.144

Phone: 512-232-2668

E-Mail: victoria.marshall@austin.utexas.edu


Kevin Newcomb assists the Department of Theatre and Dance by managing the Technology Classrooms.

  • Installs and Repairs A/V equipment in Winship.
  • Assists Faculty with using Technology Classrooms, including keys.

Office: 2.114

Phone: 512-232-5305

E-Mail: newcomb@austin.utexas.edu


Sydney Pattillo serves as the Marketing Assistant. Her duties include:

  • Routing and creating mainstage performance program content
  • Assist the Communications Coordinator in generating, managing, and tracking all web and social media channels as well as generating content for the Departmental blog.
  • Managing complimentary tickets for all mainstage department productions
  • Manage physical and digital production archives.
  • Assist in coordinating and scheduling video shoots, photoshoots and any other needed marketing appointments.

Office: 1.144

Phone: 512-232-5324

E-Mail: sydney.pattillo@austin.utexas.edu


Lizeth R. Salinas serves as the Finance Manager for the Department.

  • Finance Office Management
  • Supervise Senior Administrative Associate and Guest Artist Liaison
  • Serve as a financial consultant to the Department Chair and Faculty Associate Chairs.
  • Oversee financial reporting and analysis
  • Annual operating budget planning, preparation, and maintenance.
  • Make financial projections, analyze expenditure trends, and suggest improvements.

Office: 1.154

Phone: 512-232-5317

E-Mail: lizeth@austin.utexas.edu


Natasha Small serves as the Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator for the Department.

  • Manages Undergraduate Admissions processes for both Freshman and Internal & External transfer students.
  • Coordinate the Departmental Recruitment events - scheduling auditions, processing portfolios, scheduling interviews, reviewing applications with faculty, arranging faculty travel for recruitment purposes.
  • Coordinate Departmental Scholarships for freshmen applicants and for current students.

Office: 1.130

Phone: 512-232-2741

E-Mail: tadadmissions@utexas.edu


Clarissa Smith serves as the Course Scheduler. Her duties include:
  • Creating and Managing the course schedule and all related duties.
  • Serves as the SACS contact for the Department

Office: 1.144B

Phone: 512-475-6565

E-Mail: clarissasmith@austin.utexas.edu


Ashley Spears serves as the Senior Administrative Associate and Purchasing Officer for the Department.

  • Serves as back-up to the Financial Manager
  • Answer general accounting inquiries and clarify procedures, assist the Finance Manager with monthly closeout.
  • Create and track various financial documents: vendor and guest payments, travel reimbursement, student reimbursement, and IDT corrections.
  • Maintain finance documents in accordance with UT Guidelines: files, server-scanned documents, fiscal year clean-up.
  • Serve with Technology Liaison as Department EID contact and DPUSER
  • Assist Department Inventory Contact by providing documentation for tagging T&D items and assist in researching inventory items on an as-needed basis.

Office: 1.154A

Phone: 512-232-7978

E-Mail: ashley.spears@austin.utexas.edu


Liliana Zapatero serves as the Guest Artist/Visitor Liaison. Her duties include:

  • Guest Artist Liaison - paying visiting guest artist stipends, coordinating and issuing San Jacinto Parking Vouchers, FDP parking passes.
  • Make travel arrangements and initiate reimbursement for out-of-town visitors.
  • Set up current faculty, staff, and students in Workday to receive stipends for short-term professional work.
  • Hire, pre-hire, onboard, and/or terminate long sessions and summer Non-Academic hourly appointments
  • Serves as a DPSUSER administrator.

Office: 1.144E

Phone: 232-9402

E-Mail: liliana.zapatero@austin.utexas.edu


Mark-Anthony Zuniga serves as the Senior Academic Advisor for Theatre & Dance.  

  • Advises undergraduate T&D majors on degree requirements, academic policies and university resources.
  • Coordinate mandatory registration advising for T&D department twice yearly.
  • Plan & co-facilitate COFA's New Student Orientation program during Spring and Summer semesters.
  • Assist non-majors on Theatre and Dance course options during non-peak times.
  • Process departmental adds/drops during first 12 class days each semester.

Office: 1.118

Phone: 512-232-5308

E-Mail: mazuniga@austin.utexas.edu

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